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PJ Seminar: Founded in Truth, Realized By Imagination – A Master Class on Poetic Craft in Fiction with JoAnna Novak

$70.00 · August 21

This master class will focus on poetic elements like imagery, figurative language, repetition, and others, investigating how these writers incorporate them into narratives.

Start Date

August 21

Day(s) of the Week

Wednesday

Class Times

7:00pm – 9:00pm CT

Sessions

1

Location

Zoom (online)

Price

$70

Instructor

In stock

Description

Of his debut novel On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous, Ocean Vuong told The Paris Review: “I think that’s what a novel is, at its core, one person trying to know themselves so thoroughly that they realize, in the end, it was the times they lived in, the people they touched and learned from, that made them real…I wanted the book to be founded in truth but realized by the imagination.” More and more poets are writing prose––and not just prose poems. Many of today’s most successful poets go on to author novels and short story collections. In doing so, they bring their unique handling of language, form, structure, and logic to the land of characters, setting, and plot. The result is often nothing short of phenomenal, a gorgeous collision of lyric and narrative.
This master class will examine works by Kaveh Akbar, Safiya Sinclair, Ananda Lima, Ocean Vuong, and Melissa Broder. The course will consider how poets bring their craft to the realm of fiction. We’ll focus on poetic elements like imagery, figurative language, repetition, and others, investigating how these writers incorporate them into narratives.

About JoAnna Novak

JoAnna Novak is the author of memoir Contradiction Days: An Artist on the Verge of Motherhood. Her short story collection Meaningful Work won the Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Contest and was published by FC2. She is the author of the novel I Must Have You and three books of poetry: New Life; Abeyance, North America; and Noirmania. Novak’s work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, The New York Times, The Atlantic, and other publications. Her fourth book of poetry, DOMESTIREXIA, is forthcoming from Soft Skull Press in 2024.